Monday, 18 June 2012

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” 
― Rabindranath TagoreStray Birds

Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining
One of the good things about this changeable weather has been the amazing clouds.  These were all taken from the site.  Some are like mountain ranges and some you would like to leap into and snuggle down for a nap.  Fanciful, but it takes my mind off yet another batch of concrete sometimes :)

Back to more serious matters.

A friend was throwing out a fibre-glass cover to a swimming pool filter or motor which Brendan bagsied thinking it would make a little pond base.  It has, however, come in very handy this last week as a concrete holder. This was then lifted up on Daisy, the concrete shovelled into buckets by the LGB and duly passed/hoiked up to me on the scaffold and put in it's final resting place in the ring beam of the house.  It was heavy work but oh, so satisfying now it has been completed.
Anything that will make life easier is good by me :)

Did The Earth Move For You Darling?
Normally I wake at the slightest noise but last week we both slept through an earthquake of 3.4 on the Richter Scale!  But it was a good test for the house and foundations which have remained in tact! All those concrete ring beams and reinforced steel and concrete corners were worth all the hard work.

The Little Geordie Builder asked if I had heard him shouting. I said I thought I had heard something above the noise of the stone cutter, why? He had shouted 'below!' because part of the block he was cutting fell from the first floor.  Luckily I was in a different room because on hearing that Nosey Parker would have instinctively looked up!  The picture shows where the block cut clean through the electric lead to the mixer and cut off the handle of my favourite cleaning brush!  It could have been worse - ouch!

Me walking the plank with great trepidation and below is another view of my working conditions!
Now what was the phone number for Health & Safety!

Red and Yellow and Pink and Green..............
I have been told by the LGB to start thinking about the flooring I want and the paint colour for the shutters and windows.  This all seems a little premature to a lowly labourer but as usual the LGB has all the finer details running around in his little brain and floor heights is one of them.  As for the windows, the plan is for me to paint them before they are put in, therefore, I think he is giving me plenty of notice to make up my mind.  Ah, he knows me so well!  I have a bundle of colour charts from different companies with a myriad of colours and variations of each colour.  What a dilemma. Did you notice I said 'me' to paint them.  I held out for wooden windows over UPVC so the LGB has said I can paint all 24 windows.  I actually don't mind the painting but I don't do brush cleaning.  If  had my way I would throw the brushes away at the end of the day.  I keep hiding the ones that have gone hard, but the LGB keeps finding them!


  1. Wonderful photos, I love clouds. Think I have a poem about clouds I wrote while in France, will look it out.
    Don't know how you do all that heavy work, but admire Blakies' ingenuity. Keep it coming. Jan xx

  2. Thank you as ever Janet and of course all who comment through Facebook and email, much appreciated :) xxx


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